May 19, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Applications may now be submitted by New Brunswick residents for the annual moose draw, Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles announced today.
The application period runs from Tuesday, May 19 until Friday, June 12.
"The number of available licences for New Brunswick moose hunters will be increased this year, based on scientific evidence gathered by Department of Natural Resources staff," said Stiles. "Government respects this process, and has approved the numbers recommended by big-game biologists and wildlife managers."
Stiles noted the continued success of the new three-pool structure for the draw, which is based on the number of times people have applied unsuccessfully. The system was implemented two years ago, and creates more equitable chances for hunting enthusiasts.
Group A consists of hunters who have been unsuccessful in the draw after applying for 12 or more years. Applicants have about a one-in-five chance of being drawn.
Group B consists of hunters who have been unsuccessful in the draw for at least five years, but fewer than 12 years. Group B applicants have about a one-in-17 chance.
Group C consists of hunters who have been unsuccessful in the draw for four or fewer years. This group normally consists of new hunters, infrequent applicants and hunters who have been successful during their past five years of application. For those applicants, the chance of being drawn is about one-in-33.
"I am pleased that our government has been able to be responsive to the needs of New Brunswickers in making available a comprehensive and flexible process for applications," said Stiles. "Moose hunting is one of the most popular outdoor activities in our province - last year we had more than 58,000 applicants - so we want everyone to have a fair chance in the draw."
The three-day moose season for residents and non-residents runs from Thursday, Sept. 24, through Saturday, Sept. 26. There will be 3,411 resident licences available this season, which is up by 61 from last year. Another 100 licences are available for non-resident hunters.
There are three ways for New Brunswick residents to apply for moose licences: a touch-tone telephone; in person at a Natural Resources office or any Service New Brunswick centre; or online at the Natural Resources website.
Hunters have until 5 p.m. Friday, June 12, to apply for the draw in person, or until 8 p.m. June 12 to apply by telephone. Online applications will be available until midnight on June 12.
Hunters are encouraged to visit the Natural Resources website for more detailed information. Fact sheets are also available at all Natural Resources offices and Service New Brunswick centres.
The cost of applying for a moose licence by using the Aliant interactive telephone system or online options is $9.04 (HST included), and $13.56 (HST included) at a Natural Resources or Service New Brunswick office.
Successful applicants will be drawn on an individual basis based on their entire nine-digit medicare number.
The following is a list of Wildlife Management Zones and the 2009 quota of resident moose licences allocated for each zone:
1 - 23
2 - 106
3 - 180
4 - 208
5 - 175
6 - 97
7 - 256
8 - 228
9 - 50
10 - 85
13 - 72
14 - 96
15 - 94
16 - 159
17 - 44
18 - 103
19 - 45
20 - 433
21 - 199
22 - 92
23 - 216
24 - 86
25 - 63
MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Jones, communications, Department of Natural Resources, 506-453-2614, e-mail: email@example.com.